Voyage of SV Sea Star
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New Caledonia to Australia
After spending a week in expensive Noumea recovering from a rough passage from Vanuatu

Port Moselle in downtown Noumea

Lion fish at the Noumea aquarium

 we departed for Australia on November 19. SE trades at 20kts as we passed through the reef made for a boisterous ride. On the fifth day Ian took over at 0700 and the sky got darker and darker. After Dorothy and Toto flew by the heavens opened.We were shaken around but survived. Later that evening there was a clunk and the saildrive packed it in. We had only forty miles to go and were lucky the wind was steady until we sailed into the river and anchored off Bundaberg Port Marina.
Engine bits in the cockpit

 To get at the saildrive we had to remove the engine

The good news is we have arrived in Oz in one piece. The bad news is the engine is sitting on the cabin sole and Sea Star is temporarily intertidal.